Out of all of the omissions from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, few were quite as glaring as The Moody Blues.
Eligible since 1990, fans have been clamoring for the prog icons induction for years, and last night (April 14), they finally got their due and closed out the induction ceremony.
Ann Wilson did the honors in presenting The Moody Blues, and it was a task that she campaigned for to the Rock Hall brass:
“I wrote a letter asking if I could induct them, because they were…When I was 16 and they released ‘Days of Future Passed’ in 1967, that was the album that really hit home in my soul, and I kept on listening. Their music had great melodies, fantastic poetry, great playing, philosophy, metaphysics. All of those things meant a lot to me then. Justin Hayward’s songwriting was the thing that inspired me to start writing songs. I just think they’re a fantastic band that has it all.”
The entire band was well aware of just how much their fans have wanted this honor for them with Justin Hayward saying the Rock Hall’s fan vote was a big reason why their induction became a reality:
“I think it’s validated the music that they love. They’ve given us a wonderful 50 years in music. They mean everything to us. We knew once they opened the door to our fans, it was going to be a steamroller and that they were going to take that opportunity.”
The Moodys capped their induction with a three-song set of their biggest hits: “I’m Just A Singer,” “Your Wildest Dreams” and, of course, “Nights In White Satin.”
There may not have been an all-star jam at the end of the ceremony like in years past, but in an induction year where the Rock Hall honored bands whose induction was long overdue, it’s fitting The Moody Blues closed out the night.
The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony airs May 5 at 8 PM EST/PST on HBO.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.